TFA Alumni – Eunice Nwokocha Presents A Shoe To Former President Dr Goodluck Jonathan

Presidential Shoes, TFA Alumnus Presents some pairs of her shoes to Dr Goodluck Jonathan, Former President of Nigeria.

Eunice Uchechi Nwokocha is an Alumnus of The Footwear Academy.

She was one of the participants of the Batch B session of the Aba Mastering Footwear Program organized by The Footwear Academy and supported by Pind foundation in 2020.

On the 25th of June 2021, The Albino Foundation paid a Courtesy visit to The Former President of Nigeria, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, to appreciate him for his efforts  towards the Foundation and persons with Albinism.

The Former President during his administration as the President of Nigeria, funded the free skin cancer treatment for persons with Albinism which Eunice benefitted from, for all her skin cancer surgeries and treatment.

As a way of expressing her gratitude, she made some pairs of shoes and presented them to Dr Goodluck Jonathan.

An applaudable bold step by the young and skilled entrepreneur.

As a way of giving back to the  society also, she plans on collaborating with The Goodluck Jonathan Foundation to train Entrepreneurs on footwear making.

Eunice is such an inspiring young  lady, despite been visually impaired, she made sure nothing hindered her from achiveing a skill in shoe making.

Even after her training at The Footwear Academy, she has worked hard to show herself approved.

Today, we are proud to call her one of our own. Her milestone is really applaudable. We wish her all the best as she makes more exploits.

 

 

 

 

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The Footwear Academy emerges winner of the 2021 National MSMEs Awards for Excellence in Leatherworks

TFA emerges winner of the 2021 National MSMEs Awards for Excellence in Leatherworks.

The National MSMEs Awards since it’s conception, has become a prominent feature in the annual event calendar of the MSMEs community in Nigeria.

2021 marked the 4th National MSMEs Awards and it had over 12,600 applicants in which 24 applicants made it to the finals and 11 applicants emerged winners in different categories.

The Footwear Academy victoriously emerged winners of the 2021 National MSMEs Award for Excellence in Leatherworks.

The Footwear Academy in her emerging category, won a grand prize of 1million naira and a brand new car.

The Vice President in his speech at the event, noted the creativity of the 2021 winners of the awards and also commended the various brands including The Footwear Academy, for promoting made in Nigeria products under the footwear industry.

The Founder and Co-founder of The Footwear Academy, who were in attendance at the event in Abuja, presented a pair of shoe and a Laptop bag made by the company to the Vice president, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo.

We give all the glory to God almighty for crowning our efforts with success.

Special thanks to the Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo for this prestigious award and recognition. Many thanks to the organizers of the MSME Clinic Nigeria.

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Alumni of the Week – Sandra Chidera Nwachukwu

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started – Mark Twain”.

Welcome back to yet another interesting edition of the Alumni of the Week series.

Did you miss the previous edition? No worries, we got you.

Click on the link and catch up.

https://www.thefootwearacademy.com/alumni-of-the-week-erondu-kelechi-kingsley

On this week’s edition, we present to you, the elegant Sandra Nwachukwu, one of our Batch B student of The Aba Mastering Footwear Program.

Sandra had nursed the idea of learning shoemaking due to difficulty she encounters while trying to purchase a footwear because of her plus size feet.

She stumbled upon The Aba Mastering Footwear Program and leveraged the opportunity.

Join in as she shares her experience at The Footwear Academy.

Hi Sandra, please introduce yourself.

Hello, my name is Sandra Chidera Nwachukwu.

How did you hear about The Aba Mastering Footwear Program?

I heard about the program on social media, Facebook precisely. My friend Hope Ogunka, who was already enrolled in the first batch of the program was always posting updates and I stumbled on one of those updates and made more enquiry.

What motivated you to sign up for the program?

I have always nursed the idea of producing my own shoes. This low key idea was birthed from the difficulty I encounter in getting footwear to buy. I am Large footed and each time I go footwear shopping, I either see fine designs that are either undersized or oversized, this alone was very frustrating.

Tell us your experience during the training.

My training started on a wrong foot but I was determined not to be deterred.

On my first day to the training center, I was robbed. The driver and conductor of the bus I boarded noticed I was a newbie in the city from my mannerism and they took advantage of the situation. My phone was taken away.

The situation made me buckle up. I paid more attention in class and tried to read the online notes using the gadgets of other trainees.

I must at this point say I had very supportive team mates. The TFA training ship sailed by Mr Bentley Chukwuemeka also made my situation bearable. They were ever ready to answer questions and give directions where necessary.

Mrs Chidinma Chukwuemeka also made our training sessions fun with games and teachings on soft skills. God bless the family.

 

Awesome, so what’s next for you?

I intend to grow my shoe production brand @Shoegar.

I will also enroll for more training program so that I can perfect my skills and possibly train other people too.

Drop your contact information too.

I can be reached with the number, 08103761211 and on Facebook @shoegar

What advice do you have for young people?

I will advice young people out there not to relent in their pursuit of success. Life would throw different obstacles along your path but you must be resilient and focused. Victory comes to those who wait quitting.

 

It was great having you at The Academy Sandra, we wish you success as you journey ahead.

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Alumni of the Week – Erondu Kelechi Kingsley

“The best way to predict your future is to create it – Abraham Lincoln.

Happy New Week guys, one more week and we say goodbye to June, what a fast paced month. Do well to make the best out of it.

It’s a new edition of the Alumni of the week series. Which Alumni would it be? Stay tuned to find out.

Meanwhile, here is the link to the previous edition if you missed it.

https://www.thefootwearacademy.com/alumni-of-the-week-winniefred-azuka

Presenting our next feature for the Alumni of the week series, the industrious young Man, Erondu Kingsley, one of our batch B student of the Aba Mastering Footwear Program.

Kingsley took his first step into achieving his dreams of becoming a bespoke shoe maker, when he signed up for the Aba Mastering Footwear Program.

Did his aspiration come true?

Let’s find out as he shares his experience at The Academy.

Hello Kingsley, please introduce yourself.

My name is Erondu Kelechi Kingsley.

How did you hear about the Aba Mastering Footwear Program?

I got to know about the program on social media.

What motivated you to sign up for the Aba Mastering Footwear Program?

I love footwear and had always desired to design my footwear myself.

When I saw the Aba Mastering Footwear Program, I queued into it because it will breathe reality into my dreams of becoming a bespoke shoe maker.

And how will you sum up your experience during the training?

I enjoyed every bit of my stay at The Footwear Academy.

The mystery behind footwear production was unveiled to me which goes from pattern making to leather tracing, final production and finishing.

Indeed, it was a dream come true for me.

Interesting, what’s next for you?

To start my footwear bespoke business.

But for the mean time, I am running an internship program at The Footwear Academy.

I intend gaining more insight in footwear production, more knowledge on material purchase and so on, before setting up my own company.

I wish to give my clients nothing short of the best, as I am learning from the best.

So what advice do you have for young people?

My advice to young people is to take skill acquisition very serious, because your handwork is what will sustain you in the rainy days.

Could you drop your contact information 

Sure, I can be reached with the phone number 08167116143.

 

And it’s a wrap with Kingsley. A great decision he took there. We wish you success in your shoe making journey ahead.

 

 

 

 

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Alumni of the Week – Winniefred Azuka

“Cultivate the art of maximizing serendipitous opportunities – Gina Greenlee.

Hey guys, Good to have you back. It’s a brand new week and a good time for an amazing story on our Alumni of the Week series.

As usual, find below the link to the  previous edition, if you missed it.

https://www.thefootwearacademy.com/alumni-of-the-week-david-caleb

On this week’s edition, our Alumni spotlight goes to, Winniefred Azuka, one of our batch B student of the Aba Mastering Footwear Program.

Fun Fact about Winnie:

Winnie was already stepping up her search for a Shoemaking  Academy when she came across The Footwear Academy’s page on Instagram.

Luckily for her, She stumbled upon the ad for The Aba Mastering Footwear Program and maximized the opportunity.

Let’s dive in and hear her story.

Hello Winniefred, please introduce yourself.

Hello, my name is Winniefred Azuka.

How did you hear about the Aba Mastering Footwear Program?

I got to know about the program through my search for a shoemaking academy.

I came across The Academy’s page on Instagram, I read through the page and found out they were actually running an ad for a footwear mastery program.

What motivated you to sign up for the Aba Mastering Footwear Program?

I was crazily in love with the act of footwear making, i was already insearch of a Shoemaking school when I came across the program, I instantly knew the opportunity was something I was looking forward to.

And how will you sum up your experience during the training?

At first, I had cold feet as I was afraid of not fitting in. I felt I was slow in learning and might be left behind.

But then, Mr Bentley made everything easier for me. He was always patient with us, taking his time to go through our work and always willing to dish out correction when necessary.

I also had the best teammates who were caring and willing to help when I’m confused.

The TFA team were just amazing, with them, we never felt mistreated, they were always ready to listen and help when necessary. In all, I felt loved.

Interesting, what’s next for you?

Building my brand into something big.

I have already sold out some of the slippers I made after the training, and I have been getting more orders.

I intend taking my brand, “Rubykrafts”, further and owning a factory where I can teach others and also sell my products.

So what advice do you have for young people?

My advice to young people is to look out for opportunities. There are lots of opportunities our there, put yourself in the position where you get to discover them gradually. Keep been focused, so you don’t end up loosing your diamonds while trying to pick stones.

Could you drop your contact information 

Sure. My Instagram handle is; @rubykrafts while Facebook is; Ruby Krafts. My phonenumber is 09014484901

 

It was nice having you at The Academy Winnie. We wish you all the best as you make exploits.

 

 

 

 

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